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"Men are little more than sperm donors"
18-08-2005, 12:06 AM
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"Men are little more than sperm donors"

Quote:Michael Buerk, the veteran BBC presenter, was dismissed as a "poor, miserable old bat" and "eccentric" by female colleagues yesterday after he delivered a tirade about the dominance of women in society.

Buerk, former newsreader on The Nine O'Clock News, complained that men were little more than "sperm donors" in a feminised society in which most of the important jobs - including at the BBC - had gone to women.


As most of the BBC executives to which he was referring were taking time off from world domination by being on holiday yesterday, it was left to other prominent women at the corporation to refute his claims.

"He's bonkers. He's a dear old-fashioned chauvinist of the first order," said Anna Ford, one of the corporation's first women newsreaders.

"Poor, miserable old bat. What he ought to be saying is how nice it is to have women around the office. He's never seen the point of women in positions of seniority. There's no hope for him."

Buerk's remarks about the predominance of female executives in the upper reaches of the corporation are less true now than they were a few years ago under the regime of Greg Dyke.

In a forthcoming polemical programme on Five, he provides more criticism of his long-time employer, arguing that television is perpetuating a feminisation of society.

"Look at the way we have so many lifestyle programmes - aimed at a female audience - at the expense of current affairs and documentaries," he said. "And look at how men are continually portrayed in adverts, drama and sit-coms as clueless and idiotic."

Buerk's views echoed comments last October by Alasdair Milne, a former director-general, who complained that the dominance of women at the BBC was to blame for too many "dumb, dumb, dumb" lifestyle and makeover shows.

Ford said Buerk should have looked at the BBC 30 years ago when it was dominated so much by men that when she and Angela Rippon started reading the news, it made headlines. "If you've been subjugated for 2,000 years, it's your turn. It's about time things changed but Michael Buerk hasn't kept up," she said.

The presenter Joan Bakewell described Buerk's diatribe, published in the Radio Times, as a "hoot".

"He says men have been associated with the traits of reticence, stoicism and single-mindedness. But the ones I associate with them are competitiveness, confrontation and aggression," she said.

Bakewell said she had welcomed the rising profile of women executives at the BBC after decades of "patriarchy".

"Women are more conciliatory and conscientious. Michael has benefited from working with women who are not simply after his job."

Sarah Montague, the Today programme presenter, said Buerk's remarks were "very odd". She asked: "Is he suggesting that there's something wrong with having women in charge? Who would he prefer? Michael Buerk - another white, middle-aged male?"

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18-08-2005, 12:07 AM
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Personally I think he's a pr!ck! Cool

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18-08-2005, 12:09 PM
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Groucho Wrote:Personally I think he's a pr!ck! Cool

I've always thought he was too.

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18-08-2005, 12:13 PM
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Jezuss! Send him off to Afghanistan or some some Taliban type place!
Honestly!!!!

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18-08-2005, 12:14 PM
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Buerk by name...

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18-08-2005, 12:16 PM
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"Men are little more than sperm donors"
what a sexist pr1ck :glare:

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18-08-2005, 12:18 PM
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"Men are little more than sperm donors"
I agree with all the comments above - what an idiot that man is!
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18-08-2005, 12:29 PM
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"Men are little more than sperm donors"
Michael Buerke may not be especially worthy of respect, but he's not the first man to utter such opinions, albeit not necessarily in reference to the hierarchy at the BBC.

There are apparently quite a few men who feel that their role in society / the workplace etc. is being undermind by women, for all manner of reasons.

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18-08-2005, 12:40 PM
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AND...just for info:It appears that the commander in charge of the officers who shot dead Jean Charles de Menezes was a WOMAN.She had ordered that the suspect be detained...NOT shot.
But they did'tn listen to her.
God forbid that they take orders from a woman.And now look what happened.
Honestly!
Is that guy who made all those comments married by any chance??? :laugh:

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18-08-2005, 12:41 PM (This post was last modified: 18-08-2005 12:48 PM by survivorfan.)
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From what I heard he might have a point - well, in the BBC anyway - where the flood of home make-over/property/cooking/dirty homes/unruly kids/ etc programmes has been attributed to a heavy proportion of women executives, resulting in a lot of 'dross' programmes.


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